Jesus prayed this prayer to the Father, “[I pray] that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity.”
At FWWM church we welcome Saints from various denominational backgrounds (based on their affirmation of classical Christianity and gospel essential truths.) Our goal is to please Jesus Christ by being the "Church" he has created us to be. So how do we do it? By yielding to the Holy Spirit, obeying God's word, humbling ourselves, walking in sacrificial love and cultivating a fellowship of unity.
The way we facilitate unity in our church is by examining those beliefs and attitudes that may cause division.
We recognize there are "essential" and "non-essential" beliefs that must be understood. It's a framework that we use to keep ourselves from arguing or from becoming divisive in our relationships with one another. We want to make sure that if we disagree over something important, we know that it's important, and we deal with it accordingly. If we disagree over something unimportant, however, we want to know that too.
Important things are our "essential" doctrines. "Essentials" are listed in the Apostle Creed or in our Faith/Belief statement. We take our cue in identifying essential doctrines from the Bible; that is, if the Bible is absolutely clear on something, we consider it an essential. We strongly believe that we don't have any authority to declare what's true or not true for every Christian apart from what God has revealed in his word.
On the other hand, non-essential doctrines are those things that the Bible might mention, but doesn't necessarily take a definitive stance on. If the Bible is unclear as to what a Christian should believe about a particular subject, we consider that non-essential. In other words, we can have a difference of perspective on non-essential doctrines and still both consider ourselves Christians.
There's a lot of stuff that we do in a certain way because we like it or we think it's the most efficient or the best way to do something, like the color of the carpet in the church or the type of music we use in worship or what kind of clothes we wear to church. We call those things preferences, and we don't argue about preferences.
In a world where we see division base on racial identity, ideological beliefs and yes, even Christian denominational affiliations., the true Church of Jesus Christ must do everything it can to represent His Kingdom and will, on earth, as it is in heaven. At FWWM our highest priority and commitment is to cultivate a church fellowship that pleases God through true spiritual unity and sacrificial love.